With almost two-thirds of Australian households owning a pet, it’s no wonder rental properties that allow pets are in such high demand.
However, when you take a quick scroll through the rental listings, the dreaded “No Pets” appears on almost every advertisement.
So why are landlords so against our fluffy friends? When a landlord accepts a tenant with a pet, they are taking on a higher risk than a tenant without one. There’s the risk that your pet might damage the walls, vomit on the carpet or destroy the freshly mulched garden.
It’s significantly harder for pet owners to secure a pet-friendly property in popular suburbs where there is a large number of applicants applying for a lease. In fact, the RSPCA reports this is the number one reason animals are surrendered to the RSPCA as they can’t be accommodated for.
But there are ways to help you secure a pet-friendly property. And once you’re in the property, there is some pet-iquette (see what we did there!) that should be followed. This will ensure that you, your landlord and your property manager will live happily ever after!
Applying for a rental property with pets
1. Offer more rent!
As already mentioned, it can be highly competitive to secure a property at the best of times, let alone with a furry friend in tow. To stand out from the crowd, make yourself a more attractive applicant by offering a rent greater than the asking price.
2. End of lease flea treatment & carpet cleaning conditions
In some states, a pet bond is a way of providing landlords with peace of mind about any potential damage caused by your pet. However, Queensland regulations don’t allow a pet bond. You can, however, offer to include an end of lease flea treatment (both internally and externally) and/or a professional carpet clean at the end of your tenancy. This can be written in as a condition in your rental agreement.
3. Be upfront and honest about pets
Always be upfront about your intention to accommodate pets in your rental application. Should it be discovered you are keeping a pet on the property without an agreement, you could face eviction or removal of the pet.
Living with pets in a rental property
1. Report any damage immediately
All tenants must maintain the property to a high standard, but this is even more important if you are a pet owner. If cheeky little Fido has chewed a hole in the skirting board, report the issue immediately and repair at your expense.
2. Are your pets well behaved?
Keeping the pets in line can be a challenge sometimes, especially a new puppy or a mischievous cat! Ensuring your pets are trained and well behaved will help reduce complaints from neighbours. This is especially pertinent if living in a smaller complex such as a unit or townhouse where there may be additional body corporate restrictions to adhere too.
3. Secure or remove your pet during routine inspections
Securing or removing your pet during routine inspections is not only for the safety benefit of the property manager, but also for your pet’s own security. If the property manager is not aware of a pet on the premises, they could accidentally let the cat out!
By following some simple pet-iquette and by having open lines of communication with your property manager and landlord, you can look forward to living in your new home with your best friend. At Jean Brown Properties, we love our fluffy (and not so fluffy) pals! If you have any questions or concerns about renting with pets or are looking for a pet-friendly rental, please call us on 07 5630 1145. We’d love to help!